The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents contemporary dancer and choreographer Donna Uchizono as the final program of it’s 1995-96 Performance Series. Ms. Uchizono and her company will perform a new work entitled quietly goes a giant jane, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 16, 17 & 18 at 8 p.m. at the Echo Theatre (1515 SE 37th). Tickets are $14 and may be purchased at the door or by calling PICA at 503/242-1419.

Donna Uchizono is a New York-based choreographer whose work has been performed in the United States and Europe since 1988. Recognized for her inventive use of abstract movement, speed and wit, Uchizono’s style is based on merging formalized ideas with expressive and exploratory movement. The result is a unique movement language which she refers to as “awkward elegance” — the discovery of beauty in the unexpected.

Ms. Uchizono and her company have recently performed in the Joyce Theatre’s “Altogether Different” Series, the Weiner Internationales Tanz-Festival in Vienna, and in Hungary, Belgium and Portugal. Other recent appearances include the Swiss-Belluard-Bollwerk International Festival, Klapstuck International Dansfestival in Belgium and performances at such venues as The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Lincoln Center, DIA and PS 122 in New York.

Ms. Uchizono’s latest piece — quietly goes a giant jane (formerly The Ivy Project) — is a quintet that explores ideas of connecting ancestral time to the present and involves such collaborators as visual artist David Hammons and composer Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris. quietly goes a giant jane was co-commissioned by Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW) and The Painated Bride Art Center in Philadelphia through the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund. It premiered at DTW in December of 1995.

To date, attendance for PICA programs in its inaugural year has numbered more than 6,500 people. PICA’s 1995-96 Performance Series included Holly Hughes, Bloolips, Philip Glass, Stephanie Skura/Cranky Destroyers, Purgatorio Ink, Diamanda Galás, Charles Gayle, Elizabeth Streb/Ringside, PS 122 Field Trips and Donna Uchizono.

In it’s second year, PICA will present ten programs in its performance series and begin its visual exhibition schedule with an international photography show entitled Pushing Image Paradigms: Conceptual Maneuvers in Recent Photography.

For more information on PICA programs, please call 503/242-1419.

For Immediate Release: April 30, 1996
Contact: Kathy Budas, 503/242-1419